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TechTalk eNews: September 2022

Arizona Small Business Association announces partnership to help small AZ businesses mitigate cyber risk; Digital Air Strike partners with leading automotive industry conference, AUTOVATE; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona‘s partnership with AZTC brings big-time benefits to local innovators; Certification Partners announces leadership change; Khalid Al-Maskari of Health Information Management Systems (HiMS) appears on AZTC’s TechFocus member spotlight podcast; WebPT introduces latest integrated platform for rehab therapists’ in-house billing teams; GateWay Community College‘s pro bono healthcare clinic makes lasting impression on community; ASU named No. 1 in innovation for eighth straight year; Barrett-Jackson and SciTech Institute launch new automotive STEM initiative for Arizona students; GitKraken announces DevOps tool for Jira Software on Atlassian Marketplace; Terkel shares 13 ways to keep up to date with tech industry trends; BestCompaniesAZ highlights benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace; Paragon IT Professionals shares tips for how leaders can combat burnout; Intel‘s technology at the heart of computing breakthroughs since 1968; learn how you can kickstart a technical teaching career through Per ScholasTech Launch Arizona, FORGE and the UArizona Center for Innovation partner to provide top-tier mentoring to ecosystem startups; Chandler-Gilbert Community College is growing a workforce for the semiconductor industry; Waymo introduces rider-only service on downtown Phoenix streets; University of Advancing Technology students present their innovations to faculty, staff, peers and the community; and experts from FreeFall Aerospace, SciTech Institute and the Avondale Elementary School District join the Council’s AZTechCast podcast to discuss building the pipeline of STEM talent for tomorrow’s workforce needs. Read the complete update >>

The 10th annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo is two weeks away. Don’t forget to grab tickets!

Join the Council on Wednesday, October 19 at the Tucson Convention Center for the tenth annual Southern Arizona Tech + Business Expo! You will get the chance to network with over 300 business and technology leaders and learn what’s new and trending across Southern Arizona’s top technology industries

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Register for the Council’s next VIP Tech Mixer on October 27 at the Avertium Cyber Fusion Center.

The Council and Avertium are teaming up to host the next VIP Tech Mixer on Thursday, October 27 at the Avertium Cyber Fusion Center in Phoenix. Please join members and non-members of the Council for this fantastic networking event featuring great food, beer, wine, games and more provided by Avertium.

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Check out the Council’s Fall 2022 edition of TechConnect Magazine to get the inside scoop on Arizona’s talent pipeline.

Attracting and hiring qualified talent is one of the key challenges Arizona technology companies are facing. In the Council’s Fall 2022 issue of TechConnect Magazine, produced by our friends at Yeager Marketing, we highlight the community efforts that have been underway to get the workforce of today and tomorrow ready to take their place at Arizona’s most cutting-edge technology companies.


My View: Federal legislation energizes Arizona for a cleaner tomorrow

Find out why Council President and CEO Steven G. Zylstra believes the Inflation Reduction Act will benefit both urban and rural areas, create good-paying jobs and fortify our nation’s climate resilience.




Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ’s partnership with AZTC brings big benefits to local innovators

Growing AZ tech companies can now get big business health benefits thanks to the partnership between Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona and AZTC. This partnership provides exclusive insurance plans available only to AZTC members.




Future Innovators and Teacher of the Year awardees announced for GCOI 2022

AZTC and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced the winners of the Future Innovators of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards for the 2022 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI). The winners will be honored on stage on November 8.



AZTC announces Outstanding Tech Senator, Rep. and Tech 10 Champions for GCOI 2022

AZTC and the Arizona Commerce Authority have announced selections for the Outstanding Tech Senator of the Year, Outstanding Tech Representative of the Year and top Tech 10 Champion Legislators. The winning legislators will be honored on Nov. 8.




AZTC celebrates 20-year anniversary as premier tech industry association in state

On August 28, AZTC celebrated its 20th anniversary as Arizona’s premier technology industry association. The Council now has 700+ members, two offices and is thriving alongside the state’s rapidly growing technology industry.




Getting clean (energy): The time is now to reverse climate change and protect Arizona(ns)

Flip to pages 56-58 of the Sept. 2022 issue of Green Living AZ to see why Council President and CEO Steven G. Zylstra says green technology is the way forward in combating negative climate change effects like drought, wildfire and more.




Meet Bianca Buliga: AZTC’s director of marketing + communications

Since starting at AZTC, Bianca has become known for her editing eagle eye, sending out AZTC emails with upcoming events and greeting members at events with a big smile. Find out more about Bianca and what led her to her role at AZTC.




The Council’s Political Action Committee advocates for tech companies at the local, state and federal level, vets political candidates and endorses those with track records in supporting pro-tech legislation. Support the PAC to take a stand for technology and bolstering Arizona’s economic recovery.  

Clear your calendar for the evening of Tuesday, November 8 to join the Council at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation.

Arizona’s most prestigious business leaders will convene on Tuesday, November 8 to celebrate the state’s technology innovation and leadership during the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. This exclusive event will include networking, a strolling dinner, a technology showcase and a theatre-style awards program for you and your guests to enjoy. Tickets are on sale now – save your seat today!

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GCOI call for video submissions: share how the Council’s community has supported you personally and professionally!

This year, the Arizona Technology Council is celebrating 20 years of convening Arizona’s technology ecosystem. To honor this milestone, we are inviting members of the community to submit videos that may be played at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) on Tuesday, November 8. If you would like to submit a video, please answer the below prompt:

How have the Arizona Technology Council’s community and resources supported your personal or professional journey?

Please email your videos to [email protected] by October 14

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Need support with hiring and retaining qualified and diverse technology talent? InclusionAZ can help.

With the vision of creating a level playing field, FairHire and Arizona Technology Council joined forces to create a regional framework that allows organizations to tap into the power of workforce diversity. This partnership, InclusionAZ, embraces methodologies to remove bias from the end-to-end recruitment process and facilitate equal opportunities for diverse job seekers. Sign up today to speak to a FairHire representative and learn how you can join the program.

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Beat the end-of-year rush and get a quote on joining the Council’s association health plan today.

Get a quote to join the Council’s association health plan (AHP)! You can join any time of year and still receive a full, 12-month contract. The AHP offers a comprehensive health insurance product bundle that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance and health savings account (HSA)/flexible spending account (FSA) administration. It provides members with relief from COBRA administration, bill paying, compliance filings and managing participant eligibility and benefit enrollment.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor is a sustainability leader among U.S. airports, gets top rating; Nikola to launch joint venture with German energy provider; as the megadrought grinds on, Arizona is working to meet water demands; ADOT statewide electric vehicle charger plan gets approved; McCarthy Building Companies Inc. gears up workforce to construct nearby solar facility; Texas company partners with EV Charging of Arizona to roll out 13,980 electric car chargers in Arizona; Atlis Motor Vehicles gains conditional approval for Nasdaq listing; SRP reports more electric vehicle drivers in its service territory than projected for 2022; climate change solutions supported across racial, political lines in Arizona and Nevada; solar jobs are coming to Arizona and environmentalists, economists and engineers can’t wait; what to know about the new electric vehicle tax breaks, Phoenix-based Singlepoint primed for growth after refocusing solar strategy; Ducey and four other governors proclaim September 26-30 clean energy week; First Solar to invest $1.2 billion in U.S. manufacturing output following new climate law; how APS aims to go carbon-free by 2050; Arizona may receive $76.5M for EV charging access; these are the tax credits, grants and loans for businesses in the Inflation Reduction Act; and Arizona solar businesses, consumers expect to see huge benefits from Inflation Reduction ActRead the full report >>

P.S. CLICK HERE to learn more about the federal energy and climate-related grants and opportunities available to the private sector in Arizona from now through December 31, 2022 as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).




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Register for the Council’s upcoming Phoenix and Tucson tech events and Optics Valley optics + photonics events.


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